8 items from 2009
(Filmmaker Susan Seidelman, above.)
by Jon Zelazny
In the early 80’s NYC cultural lull between Patti Smith’s retirement and Jay McInerney’s breakout, Nyu film school graduate Susan Seidelman did the scrappy shoestring indie film thing, resulting in her acclaimed feature debut Smithereens (1982).
Best known for her hit sophomore effort, Desperately Seeking Susan (1985), Seidelman continues to direct movies and TV shows featuring female protagonists… including the pilot for “Sex and the City” and her Oscar nominated short film The Dutch Master (1994), about a shy dental technician who ventures “into” a museum painting for flights of erotic fantasy.
Susan Seidelman: My husband Jonathan Brett—who co-wrote and produced The Dutch Master—and I had committed to living in Paris for a year because I was set to direct a feature for Polygram, a company that unfortunately went bankrupt. So we were kind of in a funk over there, and »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
Susan Seidelman’s influential 1982 feature debut, “Smithereens,” has launched on iTunes and Amazon VOD this week. Later in her directing career, Seidelman went on to helm such acclaimed projects as Madonna’s big-screen debut, “Desperately Seeking Susan,” and the pilot episode for HBO’s “Sex and the City.” Recently, she directed the arthouse hit “Boynton Beach Club.” In honor of the digital re-release of “Smithereens,” Seidelman reflects on how her career began in … »
Universal Studios Home Entertainment has just announced the next chapter in their hugely popular direct-to-dvd American Pie Presents series entitled The Book of Love, which will hit DVD and Blu-ray on December 22nd, 2009. Here is the official Press Release:
The latest hilarious new escapade from the ever popular, long-running American Pie Presents comedy franchise, American Pie Presents: The Book of Love, comes to Blu-ray Hi-Def and DVD on December 22, 2009 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. The newest release from the studio's highly-successful DVD Originals™ film line is packed with the high-spirited humor, raucous antics, and outrageously-inspired sex-capades that have become a hallmark of the American Pie Presents films.
In this newest adventure, a legendary guide to achieving guaranteed sexual success leads to unexpectedly hilarious predicaments in the funniest chapter yet.
Hello, Jose here to remind you all that it's Madonna's birthday!
The Queen of pop/ businesswoman/ kabbalist/ mother/ 90's tabloid fodder/ safe sex advocate/ sex advocate/ entrepeneur/ icon is celebrating her 51st birthday today (and with those arms!). But along with everything she's done, many people forget (on purpose mostly...) that she's also an actress/director. The notorious perfectionist has never been able to master the cinematic arts, even if she tries and tries and tries. But since it's her birthday we should acknowledge that not all she's done for the silver screen is bad and since we can't take a holiday to get into the groove with her, here's...
51 Reasons to Celebrate Madonna... in the Movies!
50. Her endorsement of Michael Moore.
49. Setting a whole new clothing trend with Desperately Seeking Susan.
48. Her deep love for classic films. »
A Note: I will be returning to reviewing Streep movies soon but for now let's return to discussing Streep's competitive Oscar fields. I'll try to wrap up the 80s pictures very soon. I knew this month would be Streep heavy I had no idea how mired down in the 80s nostalgia we'd get. See also: Farrah & Michael Jackson.
Six Oscar nominations is a lot for anyone but what is perhaps even more impressive / serendipitous about Meryl Streep's 1985 accomplishment is that Out of Africa, a big hit and Oscar champ, was her third Best Picture winner in seven years. That's quite rare. She would go on to lose Best Actress to Geraldine Page who was, at that time, the most nominated performer (8) never to have won the golden boy (Peter O'Toole now holds the record since he lost on his 8th nomination). Page died a scant 15 months later at 62 years of age. »
- NATHANIEL R
Come to think of it... maybe this was Madonna's problem with the acting side career in the the late 80s and early 90s. She needed to be doing small bits in weirdo movies like Alice... She kept trying to play characters that any actress might essay when an outsized offscreen celebrity persona actually requires a larger-than-life / fantastical character to contain it -- in the absence of a true acting gift, that is, which only rare pop stars (Cher and, hmmm, Sting? Dolly?) turn out to have. The roles that fit »
- NATHANIEL R
BlogStage Annette Bening as Medea at UCLA. I expect reports from California readers in September! Or maybe I should fly out myself? It's been ages
Topless Robot 2,500 Smurfs?! Dear god
Pop Seoul John Woo to choose between Rain and Won Bin for next action pic. Isn't that a win/win?
Russia Magazine Timur Bekmambetov (Night Watch, Wanted) is making a movie that sounds suspiciously like Knight Rider. I guess that fits into his whole ouevre of bizarre action films that require 23 times the usual amounts of suspension of disbelief
Big Screen Little »
- NATHANIEL R
Like singer-dancers and actor-models, Chris Game is a hyphenate but of a less common variety. He's a casting director–director, and he thinks the job should be an industry standard. In his 14 years as a CD, Game has also directed several plays annually for the Elephant Theatre Company in Los Angeles. The actors he meets for casting assignments often end up in his plays, and the actors in his plays may find themselves in a film or commercial he is casting. "I try to run my life as a giant repertory company," said Game, whose eponymous casting business has filled roles in such films as The Uninvited and The Good Humor Man. New York casting directors Stuart Howard and Billy Hopkins agree. Howard has been working since the mid-1970s and has close to 40 Broadway casting credits, including August: Osage County and the new revival of West Side Story. He »
- Simi Horwitz
8 items from 2009
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